See also: Auntie

English edit

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Etymology edit

aunt +‎ -ie

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

auntie (plural aunties)

  1. Diminutive of aunt
  2. (Asia, Africa) Term of familiarity or respect for a middle-aged or elderly woman.
  3. (Hong Kong) female domestic helper
  4. (LGBT, slang, US) An elderly gay man.[1]

Usage notes edit

  • In some lects this is the most common spoken form for aunt.
  • In some regions, the spelling aunty is more common.

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Descendants edit

  • Tok Pisin: anti
  • Torres Strait Creole: anti
  • Burmese: အန်တီ (anti)
  • Chinese: 安娣 (āndī)
  • Pennsylvania German: Aendi
  • Scottish Gaelic: antaidh
  • Yoruba: àǹtí

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Verb edit

auntie (third-person singular simple present aunties, present participle auntying, simple past and past participle auntied)

  1. To be or behave like the aunt of.
    • 1994, Maria Guadalupe Serna-Perez, Entrepreneurship, Women's Roles, and the Domestic Cycle:
      In the same melodrama, Madame Rotschild, a supporting character plays a similar role by "auntying" all children as a rich and powerful woman who can solve most problems in children's own homes.
    • 2003, Richard M. Lerner, Handbook of applied developmental science:
      More and more children are being "auntied" by women in the community who feel it is their duty as mothers to care for parentless children.
    • 2011, Salvatore Scibona, The End, page 72:
      She had had only one unmitigated success in bending the girl to her will over the many years she'd auntied her: She had peeled the dialect right olf Lina's tongue.
    • 2019, Keturah Kendrick, No Thanks: Black, Female, and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone:
      “I am the best auntie of any auntie that has ever auntied,” she'd say, and in doing so reshape herself into the image her community needed to see.

References edit

  1. ^ A. F. Niemoeller, "A Glossary of Homosexual Slang," Fact 2, no. 1 (Jan-Feb 1965): 25

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